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We had family flying in from overseas and other provinces for a long awaited holiday and everyone was shocked at the condition of DaBeach holiday home and we will not consider it for future holidays nor do we recommend it to others. We were hoping for at least a 3-star experience but the reality was a far cry from the obviously dated online pictures and not nearly worth the R3000 per night even during a holiday period. The house is poorly maintained and not adequately cleaned. We were also burgled during that time which obviously is not the fault of the owners but it speaks to an unsafe neighbourhood. While the police took our statements they also revealed that they are very familiar with the particular residence as there have been burglaries in the past as well as disturbance of the peace. The Police mentioned that during past visits they have noticed that more than the allowed number of people staying there in shocking conditions which explains the general state of the house.
We contacted the owner, Natasha Cotterell, during our stay and she was surprised that we were unhappy since apparently only two people in ten years have not been very satisfied. She felt that their rates were fair and comparable to local caravan sites (?!) but offered to refund a bit more than half of one night. Still nothing compared to the over R34k we shelled out for the 11 nights.
Examples of poor state of house:
Lounge AC doesn't work
Bedroom fan doesn't work, in part because the switch cap is missing
Broken bed-side table (see photo)
Bedroom closets broken (see photo) - and no place to put clothing!
Dirty walls and baseboards (see photo)
Leaking geyser (see photo)
Broken shower (see photo) - which the maintenance man came and repaired
Paint peeling (see photo)
Leaking toilet (see photo)
Loose light cover that fell on bathroom floor a few seconds after door was locked (see photos)
The fridge door doesn't close properly and has to be pushed twice or held in for several second in order for the seal to activate
Examples of lack of cleanliness:
Stained and dirty couches (see photo for example) - and we know for a fact the covers have NOT been cleaned because we washed one throw cushion cover and it came out clean!!
Mold on curtains and showers (see photos)
Unusably dirty outdoor chair pillows (see photo for example)
Stains on mattress covers and mattresses (see photos) - and again, we know for a fact that that mattress covers were not washed because when we washed them, the stains come out!!
Stains and mold stains on bed pillows (see photo as example) - and no pillow covers!
No larger trash bin with cover in which to place several trash bags so monkeys keeping ripping bags leaving an awful mess to clean
We paid for extra linen but they werent clean so we had to wash them ourselves
Positives: The only real draw card of the house is the proximity to the beach and the sound of the ocean at night when you sleep. The small bathing pool is also convenient for a quick dip on a hot day. The house is decently equipped with pots, pans, cutlery, plates, mugs and glasses although not in great shape. The dishwasher and washing machine was working and very convenient. The big screen TV with premium DSTV package (at extra fee) was one of the few things that were as stated on website.
This house is a short walk down a sandy trail to the beach, which is lovely - but sadly, I wouldn't recommend this house beyond it's beach proximity. The overall lack of maintenance and cleanliness was just yucky. For what we paid, we didn't think it was worth it by a long shot. We contacted the owners and sent photos; hopefully they will do something about the situation.
We went there for a weekend away with friends, arrived friday night stayed up until dawn it was the night of our lives had fun fun fun, yes it was clean and very presentable when we came... Saturday night we had a break in majority of our valuables were stolen and we still have had no feedback regarding the break in fromAugust 2013 till now...SECURITY!!!
The cottage is beautiful, very clean and safe.
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King Shaka International - 120km
Margate Airport - 22km
Children of all ages are welcome.
Check-in from 16h00
Check-out by 10h00
Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.